As prostate cancer is the most common genitourinary cancer treated by a urologist and by far the most visible cancer from the standpoint of public awareness, our UF Health Urology team members are doing their part to increase awareness of this challenging disease by wearing a light blue ribbon lapel pin throughout the month of September.
What Are Some Important Facts and Statistics About Prostate Cancer?
- Prostate cancer represents the most common solid organ cancer in US men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths behind lung and colorectal cancer. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
- About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer.
- It is estimated that there will be 248,530 new cases of prostate cancer and 34,130 deaths from prostate cancer in 2021. Prostate cancer is rare before the age of 40. Mean age at diagnosis is 66.
Which Men Are At Highest Risk of Developing Prostate Cancer?
- African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry.
- Men with a strong family history of prostate cancer, especially multiple first-degree male relatives who were diagnosed at a young age.
The American Urological Association recommends that men between the ages of 55 – 69 undergo prostate screening, including both a PSA blood test and prostate examination.
Please feel free to ask any of our team members about screening recommendations, prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment options, and join our team in spreading awareness of this important and very common disease.
To arrange an appointment with the UF Health Urology Clinic, please call 352-265-8240.